Art in Colorado

19 Feb 2008

Read more information about the arts in Colorado in conjunction with the spring 2008 Workshop magazine feature on Ron Hicks' Denver workshop.

by Allison Malafronte

Jeanne Mackenzie
conducted a plein air
landscape workshop
through Cottonwood
Artists’ School last
August at the Garden of
the Gods, in Colorado


Cottonwood Artists’ School
Located in Colorado Springs, this school specializing in traditional art instruction offers weekly painting classes, life-drawing sessions with posed models, and workshops with some of the top artists in the country. The large 30,000-square-foot space also houses several artist studio spaces—which are available for rent on a monthly basis—as well as a gallery, where artists regularly exhibit their work and host opening receptions. Some of the instructors teaching workshops at Cottonwood in 2008 include Kim English, Lorenzo Chavez, Chuck Mardosz, and Carolyn Anderson. For more information, visit

Art Students League of Denver
The Art Students League of Denver—located in the historic Sherman School in the West Washington Park area of Denver—has been the art-instruction home of many nationally and internationally recognized artists from the Rocky Mountain region, including Ron Hicks. The league offers ongoing classes, workshops, and lectures with top instructors and also gives artists an opportunity to display their work in special events and exhibitions in their gallery. Members of the league are also exposed to the business side of art through the annual Summer Art Market, which provides experience in marketing and selling artwork. For more information, visit

Portrait of Miss Elsie
Palmer or Young Lady
in White

by John Singer Sargent,
1889–1890, oil on
canvas. Collection
Colorado Springs Fine
Arts Center, Colorado
Springs, Colorado.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
A museum, an art school, and a theatre for performance art, as well as a café and museum shop, are all part of this expansive fine-arts center in Colorado Springs. The Taylor Museum houses nine permanent collections and also regularly features work from national and international collections through regular exhibitions. (Particularly noteworthy in the permanent collection is a late 19th-century work by John Singer Sargent titled Portrait of Miss Elsie Palmer.) The Bemis School of Art is dedicated to educating artists of all ages and levels through more than 145 courses in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, art history, photography, and more. For more information, visit


Woman With Mirror
by Titian, ca.1515, oil,
39 x 29 15⁄16.
Collection the Louvre,
Paris, France.

This Titian painting was
one of several Old
Master works featured in
the “Artisans & Kings:
Selected Treasures From
the Louvre” exhibition
that was on view at 
the Denver Art Museum
through the beginning of

Denver Art Museum
This 356,000-square foot museum located in downtown Denver includes a gallery space, three temporary exhibition venues, and the Lewis I. Sharp auditorium and boasts an impressive permanent collection that ranges from classical European and American Art to contemporary modern art. The Denver Art Museum also hosts traveling exhibitions from notable museums around the world and recently featured the "Artisans & Kings: Selected Treasures from the Louvre" exhibition, which was on display in the museum's newest space, The Frederic C. Hamilton building. For more information, visit

White Orchid
by Joe Bonomo, 2007,
oil, 24 x 30. Courtesy
Hayden Hays Gallery,
Colorado Springs,

Colorado Springs figure
painter Joe Bonomo is
one of many fine artists
represented by the
Hayden Hays Gallery, in
the historic Broadmoor

Gallery 1261
A spacious gallery located in the heart of Denver's Golden Triangle Arts District, Gallery 1261 represents some of the nation's top artists, including Dan McCaw, Scott Burdick, Quang Ho, and Ron Hicks. As was the case for the Hicks' workshop featured in this issue, the gallery often holds workshops, using its sprawling and well-lit interior to host professional artist-instructors from Colorado and beyond. Regular exhibitions, salons, and lectures round out the Gallery 1261 experience, making it feel more like a museum than a gallery space. For more information, visit

The Hayden Hays Gallery
Located in the legendary five-star Broadmoor Hotel, in Colorado Springs, this prestigious gallery represents such internationally known artists as Ovanes Berberian, Kim English, and Thomas Buechner as well as emerging artists Joe Bonomo and Martha Mans. In addition to its display of high-quality fine art paintings, this elegant and welcoming gallery also features etchings, photographs, ceramic plates and clay tiles, as well as stone and bronze sculpture that are charmingly displayed in a nearby garden. For more information, visit

Cherokees of Manitou Art Gallery
This Colorado Springs gallery, owned by Sharon and Gary Dahlen, presents work from local painters working in various styles and media as well as ceramics, glass work, and sculpture-which is part of their goal to foster artistic expression of all types. In addition to displaying fine works of art, the gallery also hosts events and benefits. For more information, visit

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